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    Chavez orders nationalization of Cargill


    (CNN) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday he had ordered the nationalization of at least some of the operations of the U.S.-based food giant Cargill and threatened to do the same with the Caracas-based food maker Polar.

    "Begin the expropriation process with Cargill," he said in a nationally televised speech in which he accused the company of growing specialized forms of rice in an attempt to evade price controls.

    The leftist president called the company's practices "a flagrant violation of everything that we have been doing."

    Mark Klein, a spokesman for Cargill, said the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company "is committed to the production of food in Venezuela that complies with all laws and regulations."

    He said a rice mill cited by Chavez "was designed exclusively to manufacture parboiled rice, which the company has done at this site for the last seven years and elsewhere in the country for 13 years."

    Klein added, "Cargill expects the opportunity to clarify the situation with the government and is respectful of the Venezuelan government decision."

    Cargill, which is privately owned, has been doing business since 1986 in Venezuela, where its operations include oilseed processing, grain and oilseeds trading, animal feed, salt, and financial and risk management.

    It has 2,000 employees in 22 locations in Venezuela, according to its Web site.

    About Polar, which is led by Lorenzo Mendoza, Chavez said, "We can expropriate all the plants of Polar. Mr. Mendoza, be alert. Because then you will go out and order your pricey lawyers and I don't know what to say that this is a violation of the constitution. Well, fine. If you want to fight with the government, brother, there you go. It's not with the government, it's with the law!"

    In August, Chavez also ordered the nationalization of the Banco de Venezuela "to put it at the service of Venezuela."
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    I hope this serves as a wakeup call to all the businessmen who have no problems rubbing elbows with socialists and opening up shops in socialist countries.

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    Re: Chavez orders nationalization of Cargill

    Hmm, I can't find any information regarding the details of this. My guess is that it will go down the same way past nationalizations have: the government will purchase a commanding share of Cargill stock at a negotiated price.

    I hope this serves as a wakeup call to all the businessmen who have no problems rubbing elbows with socialists and opening up shops in socialist countries.
    Didn't you hear? Socialism is good for business.

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    Re: Chavez orders nationalization of Cargill

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    Hmm, I can't find any information regarding the details of this. My guess is that it will go down the same way past nationalizations have: the government will purchase a commanding share of Cargill stock at a negotiated price.

    Didn't you hear? Socialism is good for business.
    He is buying them with government bonds.
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    Re: Chavez orders nationalization of Cargill

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    Hmm, I can't find any information regarding the details of this. My guess is that it will go down the same way past nationalizations have: the government will purchase a commanding share of Cargill stock at a negotiated price.
    And if the owners do not want to sell or the two parties cannot come to an agreement?

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    Re: Chavez orders nationalization of Cargill

    Quote Originally Posted by BulletWounD View Post
    And if the owners do not want to sell or the two parties cannot come to an agreement?
    Chavez has done a good job for Venezuela.
    I am a bit eager to get back to Venezuela, as i have not been since 2005, but I hear that things are slightly better; and by things I mean quality of life.
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    Re: Chavez orders nationalization of Cargill

    Quote Originally Posted by Arch Enemy View Post
    Chavez has done a good job for Venezuela.
    I am a bit eager to get back to Venezuela, as i have not been since 2005, but I hear that things are slightly better; and by things I mean quality of life.
    You obviously don't identify with the many hard working people who lost everything they earned and owned to the sawed off dictator. I have discussed Chavez with such a person. He warned me that I should not believe that it could not happen in the United States. He told me that several years ago before Obama's name was known outside of Chicago. Now it seems so prophetic!
    Obama lied... Ambassador Stevens died!

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    Re: Chavez orders nationalization of Cargill

    Quote Originally Posted by rebelbuc View Post
    You obviously don't identify with the many hard working people who lost everything they earned and owned to the sawed off dictator. I have discussed Chavez with such a person. He warned me that I should not believe that it could not happen in the United States. He told me that several years ago before Obama's name was known outside of Chicago. Now it seems so prophetic!
    politics is the allocation of resources. Whenever there is any shift in ideologies, somebody is going to lose; resources are zero-sum.
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